Sam Raimi has confirmed he will be directing Warcraft, a live-action version of the mega popular World Of Warcraft gaming series, according to Variety.
Both Legendary Pictures and game developer Blizzard Entertainment are coordinating the project, while Warner Bros. will co-produce and finance alongside these two bodies. In addition to Rami taking the helm, Dark Knight producer Charles Roven will be overseeing the production. Speaking about the venture, Raimi said the following: “At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story.” While this statement only hints that a story is in mind for this feature film, production will not be underway until Raimi finishes filming on Spider-Man 4 later next year. So don’t expect to see this one crusading onto screens for some time yet.
The World Of Warcraft, or WoW as it is commonly known, is a successful massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Released in February 2004, by Blizzard Entertainment, the game has gone on to rack up a reported 11.5 million monthly subscribers, and has been certified by the Guinness Book Of Records as the most popular MMORPG on the market. Numerous expansion packs for the game have furthered its domination in gaming circles.
At this time we can only speculate that filming for Warcraft will commence during the latter part of 2010.